Indonesia has been refocusing its state spending to fund the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with a cash-strapped budget. The government has allocated Rp 405 trillion (US$25.79 billion) of funding for the pandemic budget, causing state spending to increase by nearly 3 percent to Rp 2.6 quadrillion while revenue is expected to slump by 21 percent to Rp 1.7 quadrillion.Luhut expected the privately funded projects could continue their development and absorb workers while contributing to the country’s foreign exchange reserves.A project included in the PSN list will be granted an easier licensing process and accelerated land procurement, as well as government guarantees on any political risks.Septian Hario Seto, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister’s acting deputy head for investment coordination and mining, said that two of the proposed 11 new projects were an industrial zone and an industrial park. The Obi Island Industrial Zone in South Halmahera regency, North Maluku, he said, had almost 2,000 workers and it already had a phase-two rotary kiln-electric furnace (RKEF) smelter for ferronickel production with an estimated investment of $800 million.“The significant development [in the industrial zone] will be the high-pressure acid leaching [HPAL] smelter construction, which will be completed in the third quarter of 2020,” he said, adding that the investment for the smelter was estimated at $1 billion.The HPAL smelter produces material for lithium batteries, cobalt sulfate and nickel sulfate.Septian went on to say that the second suggested project for the PSN was the Weda Bay Industrial Park project, where a smelter operation was halted due to the coronavirus outbreak. The plan for its 2020 investment was around $4 billion to $5 billion while exports were estimated to reach at least $2 billion by 2024.The other nine projects are six smelter projects, one coal-to-methane processing area in East Kalimantan, a methane industrial area and the construction of the Kediri-Tulungagung toll road in East Java.“The projects’ investors are being financially evaluated to make sure they can finish the projects by 2024 and be included in the PSN,” he said.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said there were currently 232 new project proposals to be included in the PSN, 84 of which were proposed by ministries, 123 projects by regional governments and 17 by state and regional-owned enterprises (BUMN/D) and eight projects by private sector investors.At the same time, the government has scrapped 10 projects from the PSN list as their estimated completion times are beyond 2024, the year when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term will end. (eyc)Topics : The government has been assessing 11 new infrastructure projects to be included in the National Strategic Projects (PSN) in a bid to attract investment and create jobs.”I had a discussion with the coordinating economic minister as we want to assess which projects [in the PSN] can be funded by the private sector, so that we won’t just rely on the state budget,” Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan told a webstreamed coordination meeting on Wednesday, as quoted in the statement. His office did not elaborate on projects that might need to be scrapped.“Hopefully we can move fast given the current situation caused by the pandemic,” he said.
Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey exposes Arsenal team-mates with lung-busting run before crucial Rennes goal
Guendouzi was partly to blame for Rennes’ third goal (Picture: Getty)However, Nacho Monreal lost the ball from a throw-in deep into the Rennes half and the French side quickly counter-attacked on the Gunners.Rennes had a five-on-five counter in the 89th minute but Monreal was nowhere to be seen as the 33-year-old Spaniard struggled to get back into position.Matteo Guendouzi had been brought on before Ramsey but the Frenchman failed to sniff danger at Monreal’s back post and casually jogged back as Rennes pushed the ball out wide.Just look at the difference between Ramsey and Guendouzi running back for that third goal. #RENARS #AFC pic.twitter.com/A4SaiFn9tu— Gunners.com (@Gunnersc0m) March 7, 2019However, Ramsey saw the move developing a busted a gut to burst past Guendouzi and challenge the cross that was whipped in.Unfortunately for Ramsey, his efforts were not rewarded as Ismaïla Sarr headed in a crucial third goal.Nevertheless, the Juventus-bound midfielder showed the guts and determination that’s so often lacking in this Arsenal side…Guendouzi was well ahead of Ramsey when Rennes brokeGuendouzi casually jogged back but Ramsey sniffed the danger….Ramsey busted a gut to fill in at the back post….Ramsey almost caught up with Sarr but the winger headed in to make it 3-1…MORE: Unai Emery ‘confident’ of overturning 3-1 Europa League defeat to Rennes Comment Advertisement Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey exposes Arsenal team-mates with lung-busting run before crucial Rennes goal Advertisement Aaron Ramsey shows no signs of letting up despite agreeing to join Juventus (Picture: Getty)He may be heading for Turin this summer but Aaron Ramsey showed his focus is still very much on Arsenal during the side’s defeat to Rennes.The Gunners took an early lead in France through Alex Iwobi but collapsed after a red card was issued to Sokratis on the half-hour mark for two bookable offences.Rennes grabbed an immediate equaliser and were ahead after the break when Nahco Monreal put past Petr Cech when a cross deflected off him.Unai Emery started Ramsey on the bench but made the peculiar decision to take off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in order to put the Welshman up front.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWith the Gunners down to 10 men and trailing 2-1, they were expected to settle for the one-goal deficit and take Rennes back to the Emirates next Thursday, where they’d be overwhelming favourites. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Mar 2019 9:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link940Shares
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New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Solder, who started every game for the Giants the past two seasons, announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter, citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy, and his own history with cancer.Under the agreement reached last week between the NFL and the players’ union, players can choose not to play in 2020 without penalty. The opt-out is irrevocable.Solder said he made the decision “to pause this season” after much praying. He will earn $350,000 this season as a high-risk opt out. The 32-year-old was scheduled to make $6.5 million under the four-year, $62 million contract he signed in 2018 after leaving the New England Patriots as a free agent. The deal will now run through 2022.___ ___The Big 12 will hold its football media day online Monday with only the conference’s 10 head coaches available.The coronavirus pandemic forced all major college conferences to cancel their traditional in-person football media days and switch to virtual events. The uncertainty of when and if the season will start then prompted the virtual events to be delayed.The Big 12 will be the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to conduct a media day, with some of the teams in the conference scheduled to begin play on Aug. 29.___ Johnson averaged 7.3 points per game for Dallas in 2019, her seventh season in the WNBA.The Dream waived forward Erica McCall.___Cornerback Caleb Farley says he will not play for Virginia Tech this season because of health concerns and will focus instead on preparing for the 2021 NFL draft.The redshirt junior from Hickory, North Carolina made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter, joining Illinois running back Ra’Von Bonner and others in choosing not to play. Bonner, who the school indicated was sitting out for personal reasons, told the Chicago Tribune that seeing teammates test positive for COVID-19 during team workout this summer made him rethink the situation. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___Spanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus.The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League. Running back Damien Williams, whose strong postseason helped Kansas City to its first Super Bowl championship in 50 years, is opting out of playing the upcoming season.The 28-year-old Williams had 290 yards and six touchdowns in three postseason games — two TDs in the Super Bowl — for the Chiefs. He has been plagued by injuries in his six pro seasons, and rushed for 498 yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries during the regular season. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement:“As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damien’s choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family. He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we’re going to miss having him around this season.”___ The Atlanta Falcons have placed fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Teams are not disclosing if players test positive for the coronavirus or are placed in quarantine.Smith played in 16 games in 2019, his first season with the team. He led the Falcons with eight special teams tackles and forced two fumbles.___The Philadelphia Eagles have placed three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and tackle Jordan Mailata on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Farley was expected to be one of the nation’s top defensive backs this season. He says he’s forgoing the season “due to uncertain health conditions and regulations and all the other opt outs going on in football right now.”Farley, whose mother died in January 2018, said he “must make the decision that brings me the most peace.”Bonner’s decision is supported by teammates and coach Lovie Smith. Hokies coach Justin Fuente was not immediately available to comment on Farley’s decision.___Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Cleveland Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus. The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.___ The team is not disclosing if any of the players tested positive or were exposed to someone who has been infected with the new coronavirus.___The Atlanta Dream says forward Glory Johnson has been cleared by the team and the WNBA.The team says Johnson had no symptoms after testing positive for the new coronavirus. She has since received the necessary negative tests to be cleared. Johnson was expected to be in uniform for Wednesday night’s game against the Las Vegas Aces. ___The National Women’s Hockey League is pushing back the start of its season from mid-November to January because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The league announced Wednesday it still plans to have teams play a full 20-game season, with the playoffs to conclude by the end of March. Should time permit, the NWHL will schedule holding its traditional midseason all-star game after the playoffs.The NWHL has six teams, with the addition of a Toronto expansion franchise. The league was unable to complete last season, having to cancel the championship game between Boston and Minnesota in mid-March because of COVID-19.The NWHL plans to begin holding optional practices beginning the week of Sept. 21, followed by formal practices a month later. The schedule was determined by the league’s COVID-19 safety committee formed in April. The Latest: LPGA’s Gaby Lopez of Mexico tests positive The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March.Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed.A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___ The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches.Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season.In a campus letter Wednesday, Interim President Jay Hartzell said the chairman of the school’s Board of Regents asked the school to plan for a 25% attendance, including students.The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July. Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million.FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Gaby Lopez of Mexico is the first LPGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus as the tour returns this week in Ohio for the first time in more than five months. July 29, 2020 The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race.___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Associated Press Lopez, who won the first LPGA event of the year in January, withdrew from LPGA Drive On Championship. She is in self-isolation and working with the LPGA and local health officials on contact tracing.“I was very excited to get back to playing on tour after this long break, and while I’m disappointed that I’ll have to wait a little longer, I am glad that I was able to get tested and to make sure I do not put anyone else at risk,” Lopez said.LPGA protocols require the 26-year-old Lopez to quarantine for at least 10 days, after which she will take another saliva test and have a medical evaluation prior to returning.The LPGA said it would have the rest of the pre-tournament virus test results later this week.___ ___FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world.All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans. Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports.In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.“Under normal operations, a large percentage of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales and TIDE PRIDE memberships,” Byrne said, referring to Alabama’s ticket priority program.“In the event we have to adopt a modified seating model at Bryant-Denny Stadium, this number will be impacted significantly. While we don’t yet know the effects on individual ticketholders, we do know that we will need your continued and generous support.” Forbes, a sixth-round pick in 2019, was expected to compete for the starting right guard job. He appeared in one game for the Browns last season.Dorbeck is an undrafted rookie out from Southern Mississippi.Earlier, Browns’ head physician Dr. James Voos said players have the complete support of the team if they decide not to play.“The NFL and the NFLPA have utilized the CDC criteria for the high-risk category — players that may have a chronic disease, may have a family member with a chronic disease or may have another type of issue that may put them at risk for the season,’′ Voos said. “We have established those criteria to guide the players to make those best-informed decisions for them and their family.”___